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The Best Kids Movies on Netflix Right Now (August 2021) | Digital Trends

While we always hope the kids will be outdoors for most of the summer (especially if you’re working from home), you can’t predict the weather or their moods. So, sometimes you just need to put on a movie and try to keep them entertained. Fortunately, Netflix has a great collection of movies for kids, including many interactive ones in which kids choose what happens in the story. However, scrolling through the library sometimes feels like your very own choose your own adventure interactive film. To save you some time, we’ve combed through the library and found the best kids’ movies available on Netflix now.

We’ve also rounded up the best kids movies on Hulu, the best kids movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best kids movies on Disney+ if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Netflix.

Beethoven (1992)

Introduce the dog-loving kids out there to everybody’s favorite mischievous St. Bernard, Beethoven. When George Newton (Charles Grodin) adopts a cute St. Bernard puppy called Beethoven, he soon finds himself feeling displaced in the family’s hearts. Soon after that, he’s also physically displaced because Beethoven becomes an enormous, mischievous beast. George hasn’t come around to Beethoven quite like the rest of the family, but when a scheming vet tries to steal the dog for a deadly experiment, the whole Newton family will have to come together to fend off the threat.

Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
Director: Brian Levant
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
86 minutes

Oh and Tip in Home.

Home (2015)

A hive-minded alien race called the Boov have conquered Earth and are planning to relocate the planet’s human population to another planet. That is, all except a little girl named Tip (Rihanna), who has successfully hidden from the aliens. But when Tip accidentally meets a fugitive Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons), they’re naturally wary of one another. But Oh is not like the other Boovs, seeking friendship rather than alienation (pun intended). Together, Tip and Oh set out to find Tip’s mother and try to save the humans and find common ground.

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Director: Tim Johnson
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
94 minutes

The characters of Kung Fu Panda.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda kicked off a massive franchise that continues delighting kids to this day. In the original film, we meet Po the panda (Jack Black), who works in his family’s noodle shop while dreaming of becoming a kung fu master. When he is unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, his dream soon comes to fruition and he begins to study martial arts skills with his idols, the Furious Five. But to keep up and overcome his clumsiness and provincial origins, he’ll need all of the wisdom, strength, and ability he can summon to protect his people from the evil snow leopard, Tai Lung.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan
Director: Josh Stevenson, Mark Osborne
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
90 minutes

Stuart Little the mouse under the watchful eye of a menacing cat.

Stuart Little (1999)

The classic children’s book comes to life in this fun, silly adaptation. The Little family goes to an orphanage to adopt a new family member, only to become smitten with a charming young mouse named Stuart. Stuart’s new, human older brother George (Jonathan Lipnicki) is initially unwelcoming to his new brother, and the family cat, Snowbell, is positively enraged that a mouse is his new “master.” Despite the challenging new arrangement, Stuart summons as much charm and courage as he can muster to convince his new family he belongs.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Stars: Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki
Director: Rob Minkoff
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
90 minutes

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is a little different in a family full of people who are a little different. Unfortunately, those differences don’t quite click when it comes to her and her father. So when her dad decides to cancel her plane ticket to film school and instead do a family road trip from Michigan to LA, Katie is less than pleased. But when family bonding time is interrupted by a robotic uprising, the Mitchells must find a way to come together to save themselves and the world from the techpocalypse.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Director:
Michael Rianda
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
114 minutes

Rango on Amazon Prime

Rango (2011)

When chameleon Rango (Johnny Depp) finds himself in the grip of an identity crisis after years of living as a sheltered pet, he sets out to find out how to stand out, despite his nature to blend in. When he mistakenly winds up in a frontier town called Dirt, Rango stumbles into the role of the town’s new sheriff, trying to make a new name for himself. Although he’s just role-playing at first, when real danger appears, Rango is forced to inhabit the role of true hero.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin
Director:
Gore Verbinski
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
109 minutes

Joe Manganiello and Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

This Judd Apatow-produced Netflix original introduces Pee-wee Herman to a whole new generation. After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger (Joe Manganiello), Pee-wee embarks on a journey toward his destiny! It just so happens to coincide with him taking his first-ever holiday. Fans of the classic character will enjoy this revitalization, and it just may inspire the kids to go back and watch some of the Pee-wee classics.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Director:
John Lee
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
89 minutes

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson in Good Burger

Good Burger (1997)

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?” Such was the refrain of millions of American millennials in their youth. After achieving stardom on the sketch show All That, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell became royalty to a generation of kids with Kenan & KelGood Burger was the pinnacle of the kids’ comedy duo, who play a couple of teen misfits working at a modest burger joint that faces closure when the massive Mondo Burger opens next door. But they happen to have a secret weapon that might just save the day: Sweet, dimwitted Ed’s special sauce.

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Sinbad
Director:
Brian Robbins
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
95 minutes

Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

The plucky spy penguins were just a few of the stars of 2005’s Madagascar, which may explain why it took nearly 10 years to get their very own spinoff. But sure enough, the penguin cadre of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private lead the way in this silly adventure when they join forces with a chic undercover organization known as The North Wind. Led by the arrogant Agent Classified, this special interspecies task force has one mission: Stop the tentacled Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath
Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
92 minutes

ParaNorman, best kids movies on Netflix

ParaNorman (2012)

Laika’s unique animation style is put to great use in this eerie, kid-friendly zombie flick. Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead, and he just so happens to like them a whole lot more than the living. But when Norman learns from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old curse on their town is about to raise the dead from their graves, only Norman can stop it. Summoning all of his courage and compassion, Norman must push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save the town.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
92 minutes

Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese’s first foray into kids’ movies was a massive critical success. Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo’s employed as the keeper of the station’s clocks but he feels more responsibility for protecting a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father (Jude Law). Trying to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he calls home, Hugo joins forces with the goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) of an embittered toy merchant (Ben Kingsley).

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
126 minutes

Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook in We Can Be Heroes

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

Okay, now that you know who Sharkboy and Lavagirl are, your family can enjoy Robert Rodriguez’s wacky reboot of his tween superhero franchises — We Can Be Heroes. When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s (now grown-up) superheroes, their children must team up to save the world. If it sounds exactly like Spy Kids, well, that’s because it is basically the same plot. But it’s nonetheless a good-humored adventure driven by some game performances from the adults involved.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Taylor Dooley, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
100 minutes

Next Gen

Next Gen (2018)

In a near, somewhat-fictional future, a rebellious girl named Mai is all that stands between a madman and his technological plan to conquer the world. Oh, and there’s a runaway combat robot who becomes her trusty sidekick. Some of Next Gen‘s surprisingly-provocative message will go over kids’ heads, but its good humor and action-packed fun will more than suffice.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: John Krasinski, David Cross, Michael Pena
Director: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
104 minutes

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Monster House

Monster House (2006)

Don’t let the image scare you off, Monster House has scary-ish moments, but it’s still one of the best movies on this list. DJ, Jenny, and Chowder insist that an old abandoned house in the neighborhood is actually a living creature that wants to eat them. As you might expect, no adults believe them. But as Halloween approaches and the house’s nefarious powers grow, the three kids band together to find a way to destroy the house before innocent trick-or-treaters are gobbled up!

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mitchell Musso
Director:
Gil Kenan
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
90 minutes

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on Netflix

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

The world of Dr. Seuss is always an exciting, adventurous place for children and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is no exception. Ted is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a place practically devoid of nature: Thneedville. Ted is head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Audrey, and hopes to win her heart. But to do so, he must present her with a Truffula tree. There are no Truffula trees in Thneedville so Ted must venture into the story of the Lorax, the brusque guardian of the forest. But in so doing, Ted will learn about one who came before him, whose greed overcame his love of nature.

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito
Directors:
Chris Renaud
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
86 minutes

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019)

Deep in an undisclosed location, scientists successfully create the most powerful Pokémon in existence, Mewtwo. Realizing he’s being used as the ultimate weapon, Mewtwo breaks free of the lab and wishes to fight the best Pokémon trainers in the world to get back at the humans who wronged him. Ash, Brock, and Misty continue their quest to become the ultimate Pokémon masters when they receive a mysterious invitation to an unknown island. The island invitation is a trap by Mewtwo, creating the setup of the ultimate showdown between Ash and Mewtwo. With Pikachu at his side, Ash uses the power of friendship in the battle for his life. Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is an updated remake of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back, originally released in 1998.

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Stars: Sarah Natochenny, Dan Green, Bill Rogers
Directors:
Motonori Sakakibara, Tetsuo Yajima, Kunihiko Yuyama
Rating:
TV-Y7
Runtime:
98 minutes

Dancing with the Birds

Dancing with the Birds (2019)

From the team that brought viewers the groundbreaking series Our Planet comes a fun, feathery feature documentary that is vibrant, colorful, and cheerful. Narrated by legendary actor Stephen Fry, Dancing with the Birds is a wonderful voyage into the world of exotic birds. Each moment feels like a small story, filled with humor and excitement that the whole family will enjoy. Dancing with the Birds sends audiences on a journey around the world to some of the most exotic places. While short, it’s incredibly colorful and diverse. This documentary film is perfect for young audiences looking for a fascinating and refreshingly enjoyable view into the worlds of exotic wildlife.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Stephen Fry
Director: Huw Cordey
Rating:
TV-PG
Runtime:
51 minutes

Minecraft: Story Mod

Minecraft: Story Mode (2015)

Minecraft is one of the most popular video game properties in recent memory, encouraging players to build, explore, and learn. From teamwork to resource management and even coding, Minecraft has been a great learning utility. Minecraft: Story Mode takes the whimsical computer world of Minecraft and translates it into a miraculous adventure into the world of Minecraft. Originally released on video game platforms in 2015, Minecraft: Story Mode is a Netflix Interactive movie, where the viewer can decide what happens next. Using the remote control, viewers can shape choices and be a part of the action. Minecraft: Story Mode follows Jesse (Patton Oswalt or Catherine Taber), Axel (Brian Posehn), and Olivia celebrating their craftsmanship skills at EnderCon, when suddenly the entire world of Minecraft is threatened by a powerful evil. The trio is destined to save the universe and must trek across unknown lands to save all of Minecraft. This unique story and interactive adventure will keep families, especially young gamers, entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Sean Astin
Rating:
TV-PG
Runtime:
Interactive

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (2020)

Carmen SanDiego (Gina Rodriguez) finds herself back in the evil organization, V.I.L.E., and must pull off an impossible heist for them, as V.I.L.E. has captured her friends and put them in danger. This interactive movie is similar to Minecraft in that it allows viewers to choose how the adventure will play out. Viewers will have the ability to choose how the heist will occur and shape their own story. Featuring sharp animation and voice talent, Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal is a great way to introduce young audiences to the world of Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Abby Trott
Rating:
TV-Y7
Runtime:
Interactive

Klaus on Netflix

Klaus (2019)

It’s easy to lose the spirit of the holidays, and when a small town falls into hopelessness, an unlikely bond will be formed. Jesper Johannson (Jason Schwartzman) is a postman banished to the small island town of Smeerensburg at the behest of his father. Tasked with delivering 6,000 letters in a year, he feverishly attempts to fulfill such an audacious goal, until one fateful delivery puts him in touch with a woodsman, named Klaus (JK Simmons). While initially an unlikely friendship, the two look to each other as they work to bring the spirit and hopes of Christmas to the people of Smeerensburg. Klaus is an Academy Award-nominated animated film, with breathtaking visuals and top-notch voice performances. Klaus was lauded by viewers for its extraordinary animation and heartfelt story, making it perfect for any time of the year.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Director: Sergio Pablos
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
98 minutes

White Fang on Netflix

White Fang (2018)

You never know where life will take you, and in White Fang, a small wolf-dog is about to embark on a journey of a lifetime — through the wilderness of North America, encountering new friends and great danger. White Fang is based on the novel of the same name by Jack London. Unlike other novels, White Fang told the story from the viewpoint of the wolf-dog, creating a fascinating way in which animals view the world around them. Director Alexandre Espigares, who won an Academy Award for the animated short film Mr. Hublot, adapts the story through a wondrous splash of smooth animation and shading that evokes watercolors. White Fang is a heartwarming tale of adventure, heroism, and the people that you meet along the way.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: Nick Offerman, Paul Giamatti, Rashida Jones
Director: Alexandre Espigares
Rating:
TV-PG
Runtime:
80 minutes

John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch

John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)

Inspired by the classic Sesame Street, John Mulaney returns to Netflix with a new special, but this isn’t a standup routine aimed at adults — it’s a children’s musical comedy special. Alongside Mulaney are 15 child actors who dance about and sing to a collection of variety specials. In between songs and skits, Mulaney talks with the bunch. The variety-musical comedy special also features adult guest stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal as Mr. Music. A different avenue for John Mulaney, the Sack Lunch Bunch special is a fun film to watch with the entire family.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: John Mulaney
Director: Rhys Thomas
Rating:
NR
Runtime:
70 minutes

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Turbo on Nerflix

Turbo (2013)

From Dreamworks Animation, Turbo tells the story of a snail who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest race car driver. Sounds unlikely, right? But when an accident imbues him with super-speed, Turbo will get the chance to chase his dreams. Before he knows it, he might just become the fastest snail in the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Stars: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: David Soren
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
95 minutes

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

Are you having trouble ripping your kids away from their tablets and smartphones? If they have an obsession with Angry Birds, then you might be in luck. The latest Angry Birds film, The Angry Birds Movie 2, has hit Netflix, and you can enjoy it directly from your couch. Follow the sequel to the original Angry Birds film from 2016, as the birds and the pigs must now team up to defeat a new island, led by Zeta, the leader of the eagles. This high-flying action-adventure shows how two opposing teams can work together to overcome the odds.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones
Director: Thurop Van Orman
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
100 minutes

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The Willoughbys on Netflix

The Willoughbys (2020)

This 2020 Netflix Original introduces us to the Willoughby children, who are convinced they’d be better off raising themselves than they are under the care of their parents. As such, they hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation while they embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family. As you might expect, everything they think they know isn’t exactly spot on.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Director: Kris Pearn
Rating: PG

Runtime:
92 minutes

Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Netflix

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Based on the beloved series from the 1960s, Mr. Peabody & Sherman reintroduces the world’s most accomplished dog and his mischievous boy, Sherman, to a new generation. Using their time machine — the WABAC — to go on outrageous adventures through time, Mr. Peabody and Sherman may just have more fun than any other boy and dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress a friend, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, vastly altering history’s most important events. Mr. Peabody will have to come to the rescue before past, present, and future are irrevocably altered.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
Director: Rob Minkoff
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
92 minutes

Puss in Boots on Netflix

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots was one of Shrek’s greatest allies on his journey to save Princess Fiona from the evil Lord Farquaad, but before that classic journey, he was just a simple outlaw. This origin story tells the tale (tail?) of how Puss in Boots became one of the greatest heroes of his age. When his town is threatened, Puss sets off on an adventure with friends Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty to save his people and become a legend.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Chris Miller
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
90 minutes

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